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I have honestly never heard of the “Baftas” (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards), the British Oscars. I mean, I knew the British must have an Oscars, but I didn’t know what they were called, nor have I ever taken note of them. But I am trying to expand my personal purview to the global, or at least trans-Anglo, so here’s the BBC on the Baftas:

    Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are due in London on Sunday for the Baftas, the UK entertainment world’s most prestigious night of the year.
    Among the A-list actors expected on the red carpet are Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson and Renee Zellweger.

    US civil war epic Cold Mountain leads the field with 13 nominations, followed by The Return of the King which has 12.

    ….Other stars expected at The Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square include Holly Hunter, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Linney, Sir Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts and Tim Robbins.

    Directors due to attend include Cold Mountain’s Anthony Minghella and Rings maestro Peter Jackson, as well as Tim Burton, Sofia Coppola and Richard Curtis.

    ….Challenging Cold Mountain and the third Lord of the Rings movie for best film are Peter Weir’s epic seafaring tale Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe; Sofia Coppola’s low-key comedy Lost in Translation featuring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson; and the Tim Burton fantasy Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor.

    ….Unusually, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson have two nominations each in the best actor and actress categories

    Penn is nominated for his roles in dramas Mystic River and 21 Grams, and is up against Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp.

    Newcomer Johansson, 19, is shortlisted for Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation.

    Also up for best actress are Anne Reid for The Mother, Naomi Watts for 21 Grams and Uma Thurman for Kill Bill.

The nominations are:

Best Film
Nominees:

Big Fish (2003)

Cold Mountain (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
Nominees:

Cold Mountain (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

In This World (2002)

Love Actually (2003)

Touching the Void (2003)

Best Actor
Nominees:

Benicio Del Toro for 21 Grams (2003)

Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Jude Law for Cold Mountain (2003)

Bill Murray for Lost in Translation (2003)

Sean Penn for 21 Grams (2003)

Sean Penn for Mystic River (2003)

Best Actress
Nominees:

Scarlett Johansson for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Scarlett Johansson for Lost in Translation (2003)

Anne Reid for Mother, The (2003/I)

Uma Thurman for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Naomi Watts for 21 Grams (2003)

Best Supporting Actor
Nominees:

Paul Bettany for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Albert Finney for Big Fish (2003)

Ian McKellen for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Bill Nighy for Love Actually (2003)

Tim Robbins for Mystic River (2003)

Best Supporting Actress
Nominees:

Holly Hunter for Thirteen (2003)

Laura Linney for Mystic River (2003)

Judy Parfitt for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Emma Thompson for Love Actually (2003)

Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003)

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
Nominees:

Tim Burton for Big Fish (2003)

Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003)

Peter Jackson for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain (2003)

Peter Weir for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Best Screenplay (Original)
Nominees:

21 Grams (2003) – Guillermo Arriaga

Invasions barbares, Les (2003) – Denys Arcand

Finding Nemo (2003) – Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds

Lost in Translation (2003) – Sofia Coppola

Station Agent, The (2003) – Thomas McCarthy

Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Nominees:

Big Fish (2003) – John August

Cold Mountain (2003) – Anthony Minghella

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) – Olivia Hetreed

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) – Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens

Mystic River (2003) – Brian Helgeland

Best Production Design
Nominees:

Big Fish (2003)

Cold Mountain (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Best Cinematography
Nominees:

Cold Mountain (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Best Costume Design
Nominees:

Cold Mountain (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Best Sound
Nominees:

Cold Mountain (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Best Editing
Nominees:

21 Grams (2003)

Cold Mountain (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Nominees:

Big Fish (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Best Make Up/Hair
Nominees:

Big Fish (2003)

Cold Mountain (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Nominees:

Cold Mountain (2003) – Gabriel Yared

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) – Alexandre Desplat

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) – RZA

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) – Howard Shore

Lost in Translation (2003) – Kevin Shields

Best Film not in the English Language
Nominees:

Good bye, Lenin! (2003)

In This World (2002)

Invasions barbares, Les (2003)

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)

Triplettes de Belleville, Les (2003)

Être et avoir (2002)

Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer
Nominees:

Sergio Casci for American Cousins (2003) (writer)

Jenny Mayhew for To Kill a King (2003) (writer)

Peter Webber for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) (director)

Emily Young for Kiss of Life (2003) (writer/director)

Best Short Animation
Nominees:

Dad’s Dead (2002) (TV)

Dear Sweet Emma (2003)

Jojo in the Stars (2003)

Nibbles (2003)

Plumber (2003)

Best Short Film
Nominees:

Brown Paper Bag (2003)

Bye-Child (2003)

Talking with Angels (2003)

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  • Chris Kent

    I have never heard of the Baftas either. I think the Canadians have a film award called the Genie.

    British filmmaking was much more prominent during the 1960s and 1970s, but I don’t hear too often about great films coming out of that industry today – though every once in a while I catch something terrific with Bob Hoskins or Maggie Smith or Helen Mirren (Helen, would you please marry me?)…..

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    =( There are some great films there.

    Also, out of Scotland.

    The problem with the Scottish films is that they sometimes have to put captions on it because the accents can be VERY hard to understand if you have not lived there for a bit.

    I rented “The Acid House” (which wasn’t that great save for one part of it) and was watching it with a friend. He could not get a word of it and I could (then again, I am in Scotland a lot). We had to turn on the captioning so he could follow what was being said.

  • Chris Kent

    I notice the nominees for the Baftas mirror the Academy Awards. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for the Baftas to nominate British films only, therefore promoting the British film industry?

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    The British Flim Industry just doesn’t make as many films per year as the United States or Inida per year. They just don’t have the budget.

    Another thing you will notice is that will most all of the British awards… music, movies, etc… they tend to take a more international view towards things. They’ll have Americans, French, Swedish, etc, nominated in categories. They usually will have a few that are British only… but the rest is all open.

    As far as British films or other countries being released here… Most just would not work. The American mind when it comes to humor, drama, etc… is VERY differnet than the British one.

    The best example I can give is soap operas.

    Here in the US, on the soaps, everyone is rich, everyone is someone’s evil twin, everyone is always getting married.

    In the UK, everyone is mostly poor, they sleep around, but mostly get into fights in the pub or in the stable. Very everyday things. (There is a Scottish one, I THINK its call Riverside… the last I saw it, a “Ned” (uneducated, teenaged, thug, speaks, Scots funnny, dresses in shell suits, trainers, gold chains, baseball cap) was trying to see this girl who was Indian and her family didn’t approve.

    Aussie Soaps: Not rich, not poor… more middle class… Didn’t notice so much cheaping on spouses, but did notice a lot of misunderstandings and people’s “pasts” coming up. More interesting to me than the British ones.

  • http://www.xanga.com/PSCESQ Pappy

    The BAFTAS, huh? Interesting…

    GOOD:
    I like the fact they have Scarlett Johansson nominated twice for Best Actress, for 2 good films. Here in America the distributors were pushing for Johansson to be nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Lost in Translation, although its a leading role (They figured the academy would never give her a nomination for best actress for that movie).

    BAD:
    Finding Nemo up for best original screenplay???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? The screenplay for Nemo stinks. It’s the worst part of the film. It’s predictable and sappy. The good parts of “Nemo” are the visuals (of course), and perhaps the voices and the score. If anything, the BAFTAS should have given the nod to a REALLY good original screenplay, like “Thirteen”, etc…

    Oh well…this proves, yet again, there is only ONE good set of the movie awards to look forward to:

    The INDEPENDENT SPIRIT Awards. There is none better.

  • Chris Kent

    I personally think the line between what is an independent film and non-independent film blurs more every year. I liked “Thirteen” and found it to be a brave and thought-provoking film. As to whether or not is deserves major nominations (of which the Baftas most certainly are not) I would argue….

  • Eric Olsen

    Bafta winners here.